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Rosberg capitalises on more Hamilton woes

26 July 2014

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  • Takes pole as fire stops Hamilton before setting a time in Q1
  • Rain at start of Q3 sees Magnussen crash and cause red flag
  • Vettel will start from P2 ahead of Bottas and Ricciardo


Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton's qualifying woes continued as a fire knocked him out before he could set a time.

Hamilton's session was over before he had completed a timed lap as he pulled in to the pit lane with his car on fire. With marshals attempting to put out the flames at the pit lane entry, Hamilton was left to look at the smoking Mercedes and dejectedly walk back to the team's garage with either a back row or pit lane start awaiting him on Sunday.

Rosberg went on to take full advantage – despite a red flag at the start of Q3 when Kevin Magnussen crashed during a brief rain shower – with pole position ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg needed his final lap after some tentative runs, but he eventually took pole by almost half a second.

Vettel will start second ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo, with Fernando Alonso fifth and Felipe Massa sixth. While both Red Bulls and Williams' showed up well, Ferrari again only delivered with one car as Kimi Raikkonen was knocked out in Q1.

The final flying laps were completed on a fully dry track, but Q3 had started with a quick rain shower which caused drivers to run wide at Turn 1 on slick tyres. Rosberg was first in to the corner and managed to catch his car, but Magnussen was less fortunate as he slid straight on in to the tyres for a heavy impact, bringing out the red flags.

With Hamilton and Raikkonen already out, Q2 offered opportunities for a number of teams and McLaren made sure both cars got through with late laps. Daniil Kvyat was set to join team-mate Vergne in the top ten but spun at Turn 12 to ensure the session ended under yellow flags and he dropped out in 11th place.

Both Saubers also dropped out while a hydraulic issue prevented Sergio Perez from going through. Romain Grosjean was disappointed to finish behind the two Saubers, and he had only Jules Bianchi behind him after an impressive performance getting Marussia through to Q2.

Aside from Hamilton's misfortune, Raikkonen was the other big casualty of Q1 as Ferrari was waiting in the garage while the track improved late on and Ferrari Driver Academy member Bianchi managed to pip him to 16th place to put Marussia in to the second part of qualifying.

If neither driver opts to start from the pit lane, Hamilton will be joined by Pastor Maldonado on the back row after his Lotus crawled to a stop approaching the final corner on his out lap in Q1. Kamui Kobayashi, Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson were the three other drivers to drop out in the first part of the session.


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